Down in Smoke
Stories for the Waiting Room
Cases of gastrointestinal infections in England dropped by more than half in the first seven months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the same months before 2020. The likely reasons: Social distancing reduced person-to-person transmission, and people washed their hands more.
Claudication: limping caused by impaired blood supply to the legs
Mania of the Week
Habromania: a morbid impulse toward gaiety and cheerful delusions
Many, if not most, published research papers have titles that defy comprehension. They use specialized jargon, complex words and opaque phrases like "nonlinear dynamics." Sometimes they don't, and yet they're still hard to figure out. Here's an actual title of actual published research study: "Will any crap we put into graphene increase its electrocatalytic effect?"
Published in the journal ACS Nano, the short answer is yes, since the researchers used actual bird droppings for their experiments.